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January 2017

Opening Ceremony Programme of Events

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28 and 29 January 2017 Pafos – A Work of Art *Title borrowed from the writer Kyriakos Margaritis Programme Saturday 28/1/2017  10:00 Walking around the City Info Point Kennedy Square A walk around the city and the main venues of the European Capital of Culture – Pafos2017 programme. In different parts of the city, information points and volunteers will provide information to the public about the Pafos2017 programme. Events, music and exhibitions will set the tone for a different year…

Opening Events: Espresso Solo Espressivo: Music in Cafes

10:45 — 14:15

Five recitals from five soloists, both musicians and singers, performing works from the classical and the modern repertoire in everyday get-together places. Participants: Nikolas Eythymiou (viola) 10:45 -11:15  Vintage Art Café Savvas Christodoulou (flute) 11:30-12:00 Ananas 8Bit Coffee Timotheos Stylianidis (guitar) 12:15-12:45 Deloubak Espresso Cuisine Co. Michalis – Marios Georgiou (singing) 13:00-13:30 Beanhaus Coffee Roasters Chrysostomos Neofytou (violin) 13:45-14:15 Let them Eat Cake Under Christina Athinodorou’s artistic supervision and coordination, the programme includes selected works of the composers Andreas Giagkopoulos, Artemis Aifotiti, Vyronas Athinodorou,…

Opening Events: To A New World

12:00 — 13:30

Aarhus and Pafos, the two European Capitals of Culture for 2017, will be connected throughout the year by a series of common projects and actions, starting with their Opening Events. The work of the internationally renowned Danish composer, Lars Møller, was composed specifically for the opening event of the European Capital of Culture – Aarhus2017.  The composer who is inspired by today’s World Travellers, the migrants, comes to present his work also in Pafos with the Aarhus Jazz Orchestra, the Concert…

Opening Events: Intro

18:00 — 19:00

Locations: Kostis Palamas Square, Kennedy Square and A’ Lyceum of Pafos Choirs from all around Cyprus invite the public to the opening of the European Capital of Culture – Pafos2017. The participating choirs are: Music Society of Pafos – conducted by Sotiris Karagiorgis, Orfeas – conducted by Polis Charalambous, Cyprus Art Music and Ballet School Choir conducted by Turgay Hilmi, Orphean Singers conducted by Yiannis Hadjiloizou, Amalgamation Choir conducted by Vasiliki Anastasiou, Children’s Choir of the Municipality of Pafos and…

Opening Ceremony

19:00 — 20:30

The opening ceremony of the European Capital of Culture – Pafos2017 showcases the history, the multiculturalism and the modern culture of Pafos as an integral part of the wider European culture. The ceremony was designed and produced by a Creative Team of Cypriot artists and intellectuals, working with Walk the Plank. Inspired by the myth of Pafos, it has at its heart the founding myth of Pygmalion, the Artist and his creation,  Galatea. The celebratory performance seeks to portray the…

Opening Events: Music Bridges in Time and Space

20:30 — 23:30

The opening ceremony comes to an end and the lights turn to a different musical encounter, where a festival of songs from various places and times unfolds, celebrating the joy of life, the power of creativity and the mystery of the world. Accompanied by a group of excellent musicians, Alkistis Protopsalti and Doros Dimosthenous sing and celebrate the opening of the European Capital of Culture for 2017 in Pafos.

Opening Events: Connecting Aarhus with Pafos

12:00 — 13:00

The Choir of the Music School of Pafos, having travelled to the “other” European Capital of Culture for 2017 during the Aarhus opening events on the 21st of January, connects the two European Capitals of Culture both symbolically and literally through music. Conducted by Isavella Christophidou-Georgiou

Opening Events: Percussion Ensemble of the Cyprus Youth Symphony Orchestra

15:00 — 16:00

The percussion ensemble of the Cyprus Youth Symphony Orchestra is composed of child-members of the Orchestra, as well as of members of the Orchestra’s music school.

Opening Events: In the Land of Aphrodite and Pygmalion

20:30 — 22:00

As the European Capital of Culture for 2017, Pafos celebrates the opening of the institution with a concert performed by the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra, focusing on the myths and legends of the area, as well as the city’s own goddess, Aphrodite, also known as Venus. It is a music voyage passing by Aphrodite, Adonis, Arodafnousa and reaching the myth of Pygmalion and Galatea that inspired many composers and artists. Divinity, beauty and love are at the heart of the opening…

February 2017


Pianists Ricardo Vieira from Portugal and Tomohiro Hatta from Japan work together once more after their previous collaboration in 2010, presenting piano four hands from both classical and contemporary music, as well as music from their own countries. Thus bridging cultures and – literally – linking continents. Βuy your tickets HERE

March 2017


The project Kirana aims to foster talented children from various European cities under the guidance of the Maltese musician and composer Ruben Zahra. In 2017, the Pafos Music Gymnasium will be founded, and Pafos2017 invites four artists from Valletta, the European Capital of Culture for 2018 in Malta, for a five-day workshop with its students. This will give the students the opportunity to work with professional artists and to learn about contemporary music, cartoon animation, dance, light engineering and puppet…

April 2017

The Akathistos Hymn

The choir of the Pafos Music Group, conducted by Sotiris Karagiorgis and the choir of Aris Limassol, conducted by Solon Kladas, present this masterpiece of Byzantine hymns with music by Christos Leontis. Leontis is a significant Greek composer and has based this work on Byzantine and folk music, whilst incorporating eastern elements and contemporary music. The event is part of the series of event titled: Music at the Threshold, which includes two other concerts linked by the particularities of the…

Per-sonat: Meramere

Codex Cyprus is a collection of secular and religious works by an unknown artist dating around the year 1413 AD. It is one of the few medieval manuscripts of this kind of music admired across Europe for nearly 300 years. Per-Sonat will show us both the religious and the secular part, thus highlighting the similarities between text and music. The event is part of the series of event titled: Music at the Threshold, which includes two other concerts linked by…

J.S. Bach: Looking towards the East and the West

The concert highlights the importance of the Byzantine (East) and the Catholic (West) tradition in the evolution of European music. It revolves around the Goldberg Variations by J.S. Bach (Trio String) combined with hymns and improvisations. The event is part of the series of event titled: Music at the Threshold, which includes two other concerts linked by the particularities of the countries where they will be held, promoting the general co-existence between historical periods, cultures and traditions which (at first)…

Philharmonic Encounters

20:00 — 23:00

The Philharmonic Orchestra of the Pafos Municipality together with the Philharmonic Band of the Cyprus Police, the Cypriot National Guard, the Municipality of Lakatamia and the Matzaros Philharmonic Society of Corfu celebrate band music. The public will also be invited to participate in the CinePhilharmonic programme which combines cinema with music played by marching bands. Clips from films will be screened while the bands will be playing, giving the audience a unique experience it.

Jazz Encounters in Pafos

20:00 — 23:00

Music has the power to go beyond borders. Jazz is the kind of music that proves just that, as a music idiom which develops through unexpected collaborations and hybridity, from experimentation and adaptation. For this particular event,musicians from Cyprus and abroad come together and set off on a shared adventure to establish an annual celebration with all different kinds of music,all creating a big, melodic, rhythmical mosaic. Βuy your tickets HERE

May 2017

Berlin Philharmonic

The Berlin Philharmonic is one of Europe’s greatest orchestras, with hundreds of concerts, performances and recordings all over the world. The Artistic Director of the Berlin Philharmonic was for many years the legendary conductor Herbert von Karajan. Since 1991, every year on the 1st of May the Berlin Philharmonic organises its annual European Concert which broadcasts live on German TV (ARD) to many European and Asian countries, while it is also streamed globally. In 2017, the great conductor Mariss Jansons,…

Songs of Travellers

20:00 — 23:00

The term World Travellers of Pafos2017 comprises all the visitors of Cyprus throughout the centuries, be they conquerors, wanderers, tourists, migrants or refugees. Migration is linked with nostalgia, the pain of separation and the longing to return back home. All these are manifested in songs and music around the world. The Music Schools of Cyprus present the stories of those leaving home, those who wish to return and those who were left behind. Conducted by Socrates Terpizis.

One touch of venus and More

20:30 — 23:30

The programme includes highlights of Kurt Weill’s music and Bertolt Brecht’s poetry, starring German musical and chanson star Ute Lemper. Ballads and songs come together with music from The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny and The Threepenny Opera. Pafos, the mythical hometown of Aphrodite, is inextricably linked to the goddess of beauty and love. The events of Pafos2017 bring to light this mythical landscape with a series of works, starting with a performance dedicated to the passion…

Officina Zoe

The music ensemble Officina Zoe was founded in the early 1990’s and they have ever since been active in the kind of music which speaks for labour, love, and social as well as political protest and the way these are manifested in Southern Italy. They were the first to work with the rhythm called “Pizzica”, also known as the ‘tarantula dance’ which became known due to Edoardo. Winspeare’s films, Sangue Vivo (2000) and Il Miracolo (2004) films which featured music…

Mediterranean Musical traditions

20:00 — 21:30

The series of events celebrates the musical traditions of the Eastern Mediterranean and its neighbouring countries, as well as their impact on contemporary music. Shared musical experiences connect people from across cultures, mentalities and beyond language. They become the way to truly link continents and bridge cultures as the motto of Pafos2017 suggests. Mediterranean Musical Traditions is a three-day event comprising of five concerts by musicians from Greece, Northern Italy, Israel and Spain. Curated by: Kyriakos Kalaitzides. The five concerts…

Cypriot Kaleidoscope

20:00 — 23:00

A concert by four energetic and highly promising musicians who represent modern Cypriot music production. Yiannis Koutis started as a soloist and has found his own personal style with traceable influences from Arabic and Byzantine chants. Alkis Agathokleous has a modern approach to playing the ney – a Middle Eastern long flute, possibly one of the oldest instruments still in use. Influenced by jazz and Sufi traditions, Agathokleous harmoniously interacts with fellow musicians Nikolas Tryphonos and Rodos Panagiotou creating a…

Fawaz baker Ensemble (Syria)

21:30 — 23:30

Fawaz Baker Ensemble come from Aleppo, a historical city now going through extremely difficult times. Before the war, Aleppo was an emblematic landmark for the entirety of the Arabic music world, a crossroads of music traditions, idioms and elements from the Byzantine, Arabic, Persian, Armenian and Ottoman traditions. The musicians of the Fawaz Baker Ensemble, thanks to their talent and knowledge, have managed to stand out in an environment of cultural diversity and richness and to form their repertoire including…

Lo cor de la plana (France)

20:00 — 23:00

This amazing vocal ensemble from the Provence in the south of France uses a variety of percussion instruments. The five members sing exclusively in Occitan idiom, brought along by migrants from former French colonies in the Caribbean and Africa. Le Monde aptly described them as “an ensemble with crazy energy and a unique, intoxicating power”. The artists have toured in many European countries where their performances gained them highest acclaim from audience and critics. Vocal artists: Manu Théron, Benjamin Novarino-Giana,…

Flamenco Roots (Spain)

21:30 — 23:30

Percussionist and composer Sergio Martinez presents a night of flamenco inspired by the thousand-year-old Andalusian tradition which combines music and dance. Four of the most significant artists of the genre join forces in a performance of sensitivity, emotional intensity, mastery, exaltation and extraordinary energy. The musicians combine some of the most ancient elements of Mediterranean music and dance traditions with modern forms of performance and composition. Dani de Morón: guitar. Rafael de Utera: vocals. Nino de los Reyes: dance. Sergio…

Exile (Greece, Cyprus, Iran)

20:00 — 23:00

The history of humanity is a long, painful history of exile. For the Christians, there is reference in the Bible of Adam and Eve being exiled from Paradise; for the Muslims, this expulsion is the exile away from Mekka. For dissidents, exile has always been a sad reality and a means of punishment or even physical annihilation. Millions of people have been led (by force or forcedly “voluntarily”) to exile, for political, religious and national reasons, or even in search…

June 2017

Vladimir & Vovka Ashkenazy


A recital for two pianos with Vladimir Ashkenazy and his son, Vovka. Vladimir Ashkenazy is a living legend, and perhaps the most significant maestro and pianist in the world for the last six decades. Vladimir and Vovka Ahkenazy will perform major works of the international repertoire.

Aphrodite’s gardens

20:30 — 23:30

Dance, images and poetry accompanied musically by the Duo Akamas, take the audience on a tour around Aphrodite’s Gardens, re-enacting stories, images and scents of her birthplace. Traditional songs intertwine with melodies by Astor Piazzolla and Jules Massenet. The dramaturgy, performance and direction are in the hand of Pavlina Flevotoma, while music, orchestration and performance are the work of Nikolas Kyriakou and Iasonas Keramides who make up the Duo Akamas, known for their high-quality work. With the participation of a…

Τhe Mountain and the Τree

20:30 — 23:30

Musicians Stratis Psaradellis, Murar Aydemir and Christos Barbas from Greece and Turkey bring to light the common musical tradition the two countries share. The past is enriched with touches of new elements and contemporary music, giving prominence to the music shared by the two countries.

Choir Encounters

20:30 — 23:30

Pafos sings out. Vocal ensembles and choirs from Cyprus and abroad participate in a celebration of music from different countries and cultures. The Municipality of Pafos organises the Cyprus Choir Festival with Sotiris Karagiorgis being the artistic director. A choir from Japan has been invited at the festival, selected through an open call process.

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